The 32nd Goya Awards took place this past weekend on the 3 February, 2018. Not one, but three LFS alumni were nominated this year for the Spanish award ceremony. All of which won in their nominated categories.

Gonzalo Maza, MA Screenwriting alumnus and co-writer of, 'A Fantastic Woman' continued his successful award show season by winning Best Foreign Language Film. The film, which centres around a trans-woman grieving the death of her partner has previously been nominated for the Golden Globes and the 2018 Oscars taking place this March. Maza's screenplay, which he penned with writing partner and director Sebastián Lelio, was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Original Screenplay at the 2017 Berlinale and Best Feature Film at the 2017 Teddy Awards.

(Film still from Sebastián Lelio's 'A Fantastic Woman'. Director of Photography Benjamín Echazarreta)

Carla Simón was the second winner of the evening. The 2013 MA Filmmaking graduate’s film ‘Summer 1993’ was nominated in eight different categories and took home awards for Best New Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best New Director for Carla Simón's work herself. ‘Summer 1993’ follows the story of six-year-old Frida, who is sent to live with her uncle after the death of her mother.

The final winner of the night was ‘The Bookshop’ produced by MA Filmmaking graduate Chris Curling. The film, which is a Spanish, British, and German co-produced period drama, stars Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, as a woman who opens a bookshop in her small town despite ruthless competition. 'The Bookshop' won top prizes for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It will also be screened at this year’s Berlinale Film Festival.

(Film still from Isabel Coixets 'The Bookshop'. Director of Photography Jean-Claude Larrieu)

Congratulations to the winners of the 32nd Goya Award show ceremony!

Director: Sebástian Lelio
Writers: Sebástian Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Stars: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes
Runtime: 104 minutes
About SUMMER 1993 (2017)
Director: Carla Simón
Writers: Carla Simón
Stars: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí
Runtime: 97 minutes
About THE BOOKSHOP (2017)
Director: Isabel Coixet
Writers: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
Runtime: 110 minutes
Top Photo Credit: (Film still from Carla Simón's 'Summer 1993'. Director of Photography Santiago Racaj)